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Holiday Manhattan Bundt Cake with Spiked Bourbon Glaze


  • 2 jars (10-oz each) maraschino cherries
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbs grated fresh orange zest
  • ¾ c bourbon
  • 2 tbsp sweet red vermouth
  • 2 ½ c all-purpose flour
  • 2 c granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsps salt
  • 16 tbsp (2 sticks) salted butter, cut into chunks, softened
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 2 to 2 ½ tbsp bourbon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Drain cherries and reserve 6 cherries for garnish; roughly chop remaining cherries.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, orange zest, ¾ c bourbon and vermouth until combined. Set aside.

  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed, adding butter, 1 chunk at a time. When all butter has been incorporated, beat at medium-low speed until mixture is crumbly, about 30 seconds.

  5. With mixer on low, add egg mixture in a steady stream. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, increase speed to medium-high, and beat until batter is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Stir in chopped cherries.

  6. Lightly grease or spray a nonstick Bundt pan, and pour batter evenly into pan. Rap on counter to release any air bubbles. Bake in preheated oven on a lower rack until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through baking. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes.

  7. While the cake is cooling, make the glaze. In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and 2 tbsp of bourbon until smooth. (Start with 2 tbsp bourbon and add a little more if needed.)

  8. Turn the cake out onto a cookie sheet or serving platter and drizzle with glaze while cake is still slightly warm. Garnish with reserved maraschino cherries.